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Welcome to Adelaide

We hope you enjoy reading about our city and its surrounds, and discover something of interest to see or do whilst staying with us. Our apartment accommodation locations in North Adelaide and the City are ideally situated to explore the sights and sounds. Whether your interests are in the arts and culture, plants and animals, beach activities, shopping, sports, wine-tasting and much more, we will be happy to assist you with further information to help you on your way. Enjoy Adelaide!

A Bit of History

The name Adelaide was chosen in honour of Queen Adelaide, King William IV's wife, and the government of South Australia was proclaimed by Governor John Hindmarsh in December 1836. The original location chosen by Hindmarsh for the City of Adelaide was at Port Lincoln however the surveyor Colonel William Light eventually chose the location that the City stands on today, and completed the city plan in March 1837. Adelaide was one of the few places in Australia at the time, to be established by freemen alone and not as a centre for convicts.

The current official flag of South Australia was adopted by the government in 1904, and the Coat of Arms was granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 19 April 1984. Both flag and Coat of Arms feature a piping shrike that is the unoffical bird emblem of S.A., and the Coat of Arms also features the State's floral emblem, the Sturt's Desert Pea.   

 South Australia Flag  Sturts Desert Pea

Adelaide Today

Adelaide has since grown to a population of 1.3m today, with approximately 23,000 people living in the city itself. According to the 2015 Global Liveability Survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Adelaide again ranked at #5 as one of the top ten most liveable cities in the world and deservably so.

The warm mediterainian climate with plenty of sunshine year-round is perfect to explore the city and surrounding areas such as Harndorf in the Adelaide Hills, Yorke Peninsula, Robe and the South East, the Coorong and Victor Harbour, Kangaroo Island, the vineyards of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale to name a few, and of course the Riverland and Murray River.

Surrounded by parklands, and on the banks of the Torrens River, Adelaide is well known as a cultural centre that offers plenty to see and do for the visitor. There are good city beaches only minutes from the CBD, and a beautiful coastline to explore as you make your way to the South East.

Adelaide Oval City  North Terrace Adelaide CBD  North Terrace Adelaide City  Torrens River paddle boats Adelaide City

Adelaide Climate

Adelaide is the driest of all Australian capital cities, and has plenty of daily sunshine throughout the year. Although temperatures can reach as high as +40 °C at times in summer, the winters are mild. The table below shows mean values for temperature min/max, rainfall, and daily sunshine hours.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum Temp (°C) 28.1   28.1  25.5 22.2   18.6  15.9  14.9 15.9   18.2 21.1   24.0 25.7 
Minimum Temp (°C)  16.0  16.2  14.4  11.8  9.6  7.7  7.0  7.6 8.9   10.7  14.5  11.4
 Rainfall (mm)  17.5  18.9  21.8  35.3  54.1  56.2  59.4  50.3  44.6  36.1  24.8  23.4
Daily Sunshine   10.5  10.0  8.6  7.3  5.6  4.7  5.0 6.1   7.2  8.5  9.4  9.4

  

Arts and Culture

Adelaide is home to a number of museums, art galleries and theatres, as well as host of a range of festivals throuhgout the year including cinema, fashion, music, theatre and cultural events.

The South Australian Museum and Art Gallery on North Terrace, the Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide, and the National Motor Museum in Birdwood are well worthwhile a visit. For those who enjoy the theatre and music, you can see performances at the Festival Theatre and at a number of playhouses and theatres around the city.

Keep an eye on our News & Events page for upcoming events in Adelaide.

Shopping

Rundle Mall in the city centre is reputedly the largest pedestrianized shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere with over 800 shops and 14 interconnected arcades. Here you will find all the latest fashions, jewellry, gifts and accessories both local and international.

Within the city area there are also The Antique Market on Grote Street, and 10 minutes away are The Brickworks Markets on South Road, Hindmarsh.

Adelaide's premier beachside shopping area is along Jetty Road in Glenelg, only a 20 minute tram ride from Rundle Mall. A kilometre-long shopping strip, it offers everything from retail, food and wine, and entertainment in over 350 specialty shops 

Shopping hours in the city are 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday & Saturday, 9:00am to 9:00pm Fridays, and 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sundays.

City Beaches

The City's close proximity to the coast means you can be at the beach in Glenelg in only 30 minutes by catching the tram from Rundle Mall.

Other beaches either side of Glenelg include those at Henley, Semaphore, and Grange. Further to the south of the city are Aldinga and Sellicks Beaches, where it is possible to drive right onto the sand.

Fauna and Flora

The Adelaide Zoo and Adelaide Botanic Garden are both situated in the same area, close to the city at the end of North Terrace.

Adelaide zoo is the second oldest in Australia, that first opened to the public in 1883, and exhibits over 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. The zoo proudly houses Australia’s only Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Fu, and you are guaranteed an educational and fun day out for the whole family.

The Botanic Garden is a 51 hectare public garden that was officially opened in 1857, featuring native Australian plants and exotic flora from around the world. It has the largest single span conservatory in the southern hemisphere, and The Museum of Economic Botany that was established in 1879.

Cleland Wildlife Park is only 20 minutes from the city centre on Mount Lofty Summit Road, Crafers, and is a great place to visit to get up-close to Australia's native fauna such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, reptiles, and emus. You can also hold a cuddly Koala for a photo-shoot, or if more adventurous a snake!

Sports and Recreation

Major sporting events such as cricket and Australian Rules Football are hosted at the Adelaide oval close the City, and there are an aquatic centre, tennis club, and golf course all within easy reach of the CBD. Fitness clubs can be found in the City and North Adelaide, including an outdoor one in the parklands.

You can spend a day at the races close to the City at the Morphettville Racecourse, or  watch races of a different kind at the Gillman Speedway near Port Adelaide.  

Adelaide Oval daytime inside

Robe and the South East 

Robe is a town and fishing port on the Limestone Coast of South Australia, just a 3 to 4 hour drive from Adelaide.

The area is known for it's scenic beaches and costline, making it a perfect weekend getaway from Adelaide or a good stopover if driving from Adelaide to Melbourne.

beach coastline Robe SA  Fishing Boat Robe SA  beach walk Robe SA  old jetty Robe SA

Murray River

The Murray River is Australia’s longest river stretching 2,508 km from the Australian Alps and finally entering the sea near Goolwa in South Australia, approximately 100 km south of Adelaide. It is Australia’s most important irrigated region, and is commonly referred to as the food bowl of the nation.

A popular vacation destination, you can hire a houseboat to lazily cruise the river and soak in the scenery, or visit the vineyards and fruit orchards that rely on the river for irrigation. 

Bend River Murray South Australia  Pelicans River Murray South Australia  River Princess Murray River South Australia  Rainbow River Murray South Australia

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island that is 112 km southwest of Adelaide, and can be reached by air or by ferry boat for a day-trip or longer stay at a hotel or B&B on the island.

Here you will find stunning, rugged coastline scenery, a nature reserve with Kangaroos, Wallabies, Koalas and other Australian fauna, and a colony of seals at Admirals Arch.

Beach at Kangaroo Island, South Australia  Granite Formations Kangaroo Island South Australia  Pelicans Kangaroo Island South Australia  Lighthouse Kangaroo Island South Australia   

Yorke Peninsula

A popular family holiday destination, the Yorke Peninsula boasts endless beaches with surfing, fishing, and crabbing, as well as rugged coastlines, National Parks, and old mining towns to explore. 

Only a 2 hour drive NE of Adelaide, if you like sand, surf, and sun with fresh seafood then this is the place to spend a weekend away.

rugged coastline Yorke Peninsula SA  old home Yorke Peninsula SA  Wreck of the Ethel Yorke Peninsula SA  jetty coastline Yorke Peninsula SA

The Coorong

The Coorong National Park is a 2 hour drive SE of Adelaide, and encompasses a string of saltwater lagoons and wetlands stretching more than 130 kms.

The Coorong is of important cultural significance for the  Ngarrindjeri people, with ancient mounds of discarded shells revealing archaeological evidence of Aboriginal campsites over thousands of years.

Paid-camping is allowed alongside saltwater lagoons and white sandy beaches, and it is a breeding ground for the Australian Pelican with an abundance of other birdlife to enjoy.

Coorong sand dunes water SA  Coorong Murry Mouth Pelicans SA  Coorong shoreline SA  Coorong Murry Mouth Surf SA

Victor Harbour

Just an 80 km drive south from Adelaide, Victor Harbour is a popular tourist destination only a few kilometres from the mouth of the Murray River. 

Visitors can go to Granite Island, home to a large colony of little penguins, that is connected by a walkway to the mainland.

Whale spotting is a popular attraction during the months of June to September, when the Southern right whales come to the nearby waters to calve and to mate.

Granite Island jetty victor harbour SA  victor harbour Murry Mouth Pelicans SA  Granite Island victor harbour SA  victor harbour Murry Mouth SA

South Australian Wines

If you are a wine-lover, then you've come the right place! More than half the production of Australian wines comes from South Australia and Adelaide is ideally placed within easy reach of most regions for wine tasting/buying day trips. Some of the wineries have the distinction of having the oldest known living grapevines in the world. The diverse geography and climates of the zones around Adelaide have enabled a wide range of grape varieties to be grown, and wines produced, to suit most palates.

Zone Geographic Indication Red Grape Varieties White Grape Varieties
Barossa Barossa
Eden Valley
Shiraz/Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grenache
Mataro/Mourvedre
Tempranillo
Petit Verdot
Riesling
Semillon
Viognier
Mount Lofty Ranges Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Plains
Clare Valley
Shiraz/Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Malbec 
Chardonnay
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Gris
Viognier 
Fleurieu McLaren Vale
Southern Fleurieu
Kangaroo Island
Currency Creek
Langhorne Creek
Shiraz/Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grenache
Mataro/Mourvedre
Malbec
Tempranillo
Petit Verdot
Sangiovese 
Chardonnay
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Semillon
Viognier 
Limestone Coast Coonawarra
Mount Benson
Robe
Mount Gambier
Padthaway
Wrattonbully
Shiraz/Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Chardonnay
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier 
Lower Murray Riverland Shiraz/Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Sangiovese 
Chardonnay
Riesling 
Far North Southern Flinders Ranges Shiraz/Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot 
 

 

Public Holidays

Holiday 2016 2017
New Year's Day Fri 1 Jan Mon 2 Jan
Australia Day Tue 26 Jan Thu 26 Jan
March public holiday Mon 14 Mar Mon 13 Mar
Good Friday Fri 25 Mar Fri 14 Apr
The day after Good Friday Sat 26 Mar Sat 15 Apr
Easter Monday Mon 28 Mar Mon 17 Apr
Anzac Day Mon 25 Apr Tue 25 Apr
Queen's Birthday and Volunteer's Day Mon 13 Jun Mon 12 Jun
Labour Day Mon 3 Oct Mon 2 Oct
Christmas Eve Sat 24 Dec Sun 24 Dec
Christmas Day Mon 26 Dec Mon 25 Dec
Proclamation Day public holiday Tue 27 Dec Tue 26 Dec
New Year's Eve Sat 31 Dec Sun 31 Dec